Further Personal Information
||Sports Science - Leeds Metropolitan University: Leeds, ENG
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She started synchronised diving with her twin sister in 2006.
|Why this sport?
||She retired from gymnastics after the British Championships. Her mum had seen some divers, previously gymnasts competing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and thought synchronized diving it would compliment the twins bond and intuition.
|Club / Team
||City of Leeds Diving Club: Leeds, ENG
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||She trains five hours a day.
She trains at the pool between 8am and 11am and in the afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.
||Hanging out with her twin sister, relaxing, going to the cinema, eating out with friends.
||She suffered an elbow injury that kept her from competing as a gymnast in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. (sport.scotsman.com, 21 Jul 2002).
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||She says she intuitively knows what her twin sister is going to do next and so they donít need rituals but they may lighten the moment with a joke, saying or song. (leedsmet.ac.uk, 07 Apr 2009)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Find someone you work well with, someone with a similar height and build and with similar techniques. You need strength, power, flexibility and a good body tension. Be prepared to be patient as it can be very frustrating at times and you will need a lot of courage because diving from 10m is the same as diving the height of a three storey building." (leedsmet.ac.uk, 07 Apr 2009)
|Awards and honours
||With her twin sister, they became the first synchronised pair to perform an arm-stand back double somersault with one and a half twists which is considered one of the most difficult dives in the world. (blog.mmenterprises.co.uk, 15 Feb 2009).
||She retired from gymnastics at the British Championships after competing at the 2002 Junior European Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. (british-gym.com, 16 Sep 2010)
||Her identical twin sister, Helen is also a gymnast and competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. They both switched to diving in 2006. (british-gym.com, 16 Sep 2010)
||To compete at the 2012 Olympic Games (telegraph.co.uk, 02 Feb 2009).